Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA ACT to 20000 ft (6100 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX23 at 11:18 UTC, 02/11/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/1036
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA ACT
OBS VA DTG: 02/1056Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09853 - N1904 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1857 W09853 - N1904 W09853 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/1700Z SFC/FL200 N1907 W09902
- N1904 W09837 - N1900 W09837 - N1856 W09902 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/2300Z SFC/FL200 N1918
W09902 - N1904 W09837 - N1902 W09838 - N1906
W09904 - N1918 W09902
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/0500Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
RMK: ONGOING VA ACT SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY MOV W
AND EXTDG 10 NM FM SUMMIT. VA HDG NW HAS DSIPTD
IN STLT. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A GRADUAL TURN TWD
THE NW THRU T+12 HRS. ...KIBLER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191102/1715Z
Volcán Popocatépetl, whose name is the Aztec word for smoking mountain, towers to 5426 m 70 km SE of Mexico City to form North America's 2nd-highest volcano. The glacier-clad stratovolcano contains a steep-walled, 250-450 m deep crater. The generally symmetrical volcano is modified by the sharp-peaked Ventorrillo on the NW, a remnant of an earlier volcano.
At least three previous major cones were destroyed by gravitational failure during the Pleistocene, producing massive debris-avalanche deposits covering broad areas south of the volcano. The modern volcano was constructed to the south of the late-Pleistocene to Holocene El Fraile cone. Three major plinian eruptions, the most recent of which took place about 800 AD, have occurred from Popocatépetl since the mid Holocene, accompanied by pyroclastic flows and voluminous lahars that swept basins below the volcano. Frequent historical eruptions, first recorded in Aztec codices, have occurred since precolumbian time.